Happy release day to Ashley Bodette with her debut novel ‘Our Song’ a story about relationships good and bad, and it carries a message of finding the confidence to get out of them bad relationships by asking for help and relying on those who really do love you to get yourself back in a happy place. I’m sure to some degree we have all been in similar situations, which makes this book so relatable and thoughtfully told by Ashley. Have a glimpse below of the cover and synopsis, and add this book to your TBR pile!
“It seems every society has something about humanity it feels essential to disregard. Sadly, disregard is too soft a word for what humans do to those we choose to ostracise. If, in fact, we merely ignored those people we deemed unworthy then these individuals would at least be able to live a much happier, if not isolated life, but we do not merely disregard anyone, that suggests tolerance at its most limited. Rather, we disregard these people who are different by birth with respect to race, gender and sexual orientation with disgust and treat them as if these aspects of their life was by choice. To simply flip this mentality around so that those we regard as valid are no longer seen as such would mean to treat heterosexuals in the same way we treat homosexuals, bisexuals, transgender and the like.
There is no value in reversing the hatred but it does happen. It can happen. Ask Malcolm X. The desire to fight back, to destroy those who have wantonly destroyed whole parts of your very being, and the beings of those you love, often leads to the philosophy that one must fight back, “by any means necessary.”  When I was younger my father referred to this as reverse prejudice. I always felt a sort of empathy for those who hated their abusers. It is only human to build up anger and resentment towards those who treat you poorly. Sadly, this reverse prejudice can become society’s dominant prejudice if power structures shift. We witnessed this in Rwanda in the 1990s. During the colonial era the European colonists viewed the Tutsi as superior to the Hutu and were thus placed in positions of power. When Rwanda was freed from colonialism the battle between the Hutu and the Tutsi began. The Hutu were out for revenge: a revenge that resulted in the massacre of close to 100,000 Tutsi. 
So, what does this have to do with the idea of what today’s society would be like if heterosexuality was disregarded? Simply this, life for the heterosexual would be exactly like the lives of our LGBT brothers and sisters. Heterosexuals would have to heard slurs daily, slurs aimed at degrading their very existence. Heterosexuals would be afraid to tell others about their physical attraction for the opposite sex out of fear of being bullied verbally and physically. Heterosexuals would fear losing their family if the truth of whom they loved ever came out. Heterosexuals could be fired for simply being heterosexual. Heterosexuals would suffer the sting of being deemed society’s sexual deviants and when one heterosexual was caught acting as a true deviant (raping, molesting another human being) then all heterosexuals would suffer the stigma of that attack and all would be deemed a danger to society. Do we want this? No. Then why do we want this for our LGBT brethren?
This is why I am writing the Hadrian series. I wish to illustrate this kind of world to help all my heterosexual brothers and sisters better understand how it must feel to be treated the way we have so cruelly treated, and continue to treat regardless of improving of laws in the western world, our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, coworkers and friends who are the LGBT community living amongst us and on a global scale. Step into their shoes vicariously and learn what it is like to be so cruelly abused. Then take this knowledge forward by becoming an ally to humanity.”
 Malcolm X. Biography. Retrieved from: http://malcolmx.com/biography/. Retrieved on March 26, 2016.
 Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Rwandan Genocide. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_Genocide#Revolution_and_Hutu-Tutsi_relations_after_independence. Retrieved on March 26, 2016.